International technology professionals on H1-B visas want the US government to extend all their stay in the United States, from the existent 60 to 180 days after the layoff, due to coronavirus global crisis that affected businesses as well.
H-1B visa holders have initiated a petition campaign on the official website of the White House asking to extend their stay in the US and to protect the H1B workers under these difficult circumstances, VisaGuide.World reports.
The petition requires at least 100,000 supporters, to get a response from the White House.
“Under regulations, H-1B workers have a 60-day grace period of unemployment time during each authorized validity period to stay in the USA legally. They must find new work within 60 days; otherwise, they have to leave the country,” the petition reads.
The federal rules that are currently being applied require the H-1B visa holders to leave the US together with their family members, 60 days after they lose their job.
According to the experts of the economy, various sectors of the American economy will be subject to massive layoffs, due to the economic crisis that is expected to deteriorate in the coming months, due to coronavirus pandemic.
On March 21, it is reported that 3.3 million Americans have been laid off, while 47 million people in the US could also be unemployed.
The H-1B visa holders are ineligible to receive unemployment benefits. They neither can benefit from the securing benefits, even though the salary deduction has been established for this purpose.
“Most H-1B workers are from India and cannot travel home with children who are US Citizens as many nations announced an entry ban, including India. H-1B workers cater to the economy at large, mainly supporting the IT Industry with high tax contributions,” the petition highlights.
Through an H-1B visa, all foreign citizens, specialized in skills such as IT professionals, architects, professors, doctors, can be able to temporarily work in the US.
This week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration agency announced that the limit for preliminary applications for H-1B visas had been reached, while this was the first time USCIS imposed a new electronic registration system.